Opioid Prescribing for Providers

As an Idaho provider, you play a vital role in combating the opioid epidemic. Find resources and information to support and inform clinical decision-making. 

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids

The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain highlights twelve recommended actions that all prescribers can take to lower their patients’ risk of overdose. The three areas of focus in the guideline include:

1. Determining when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain
2. Opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up, and discontinuation
3. Assessing risk and addressing harms of opioid use


To access the full CDC Prescribing Guideline, please visit the CDC website

Pharmacist retrieving medications from shelving
Naloxone Co-Prescribing
Help prevent opioid overdose by co-prescribing naloxone with all opioid prescriptions.
Prescribing Data in Idaho
of Idaho patients received opioid prescription ≥90 MMEs per day
opioid prescriptions per 100 patients
naloxone prescriptions per 100 patients

Related Programs:

A harm reduction approach to address substance use disorders.
Substance Use Disorders (SUD) involve the recurrent use of alcohol and/or other drugs causing clinically significant health problems.
Anyone who takes opioids can be at risk for addiction, accidental overdose, or death. Learn about the risks of opioids and overdose prevention resources.